Obituaries 02-25-2010

Charles ‘Chuck’ Wilson

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Charles P. “Chuck” Wilson of Chelsea passed away on Thursday February 18th at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester after a long Illness. He was 43 years of age.

He grew up in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He worked as a tow truck operator before taking a position with Chelsea 911 Operations. He also volunteered at the Malden Emergency Center offering support services to professional firefighters. Several years ago, he became permanently disabled and ceased working at that time. A lifelong resident of Chelsea, he had only been in Worcester for the past three months.

He was the beloved son of Marilyn (Mace) Wilson and the late Chelsea Police Chief Charles H. Wilson Jr., dear brother of Kathy Stewart of Salem, NH, Gail Wise and her husband, Donald, of Malden and Sandy Cravines and her husband, Ted, of Saugus and cherished uncle of Christopher Stewart, Julie Stewart and Brian Wise.

A Funeral Mass was said in St. Rose Church, on Monday. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 ATTN: Contribution Services. Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Welsh Funeral Home. For online guestbook please visit


Diana Santino

Chelsea resident

Diane (Caradonna) Santino of Chelsea died on February 18.

The beloved sister of Leonarda Brunetta of Chelsea and the late Maria, Benedetta, Vitina, Giuseppe, Leonardo, Domenico and Baldassare, she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book, visit:


Laura Sliwinski

Retired Seamstress

Laura K. (nee Zaremski) Sliwinski, a retired seamstress, died on Wednesday, February 17 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief three week illness. She was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Maryan and Anna (Latka) Zaremski. A devoted housewife, she worked outside of her home in the Boston Garment district for many years, A lifelong Chelsea resident, she was a participant at the Chelsea Senior Center instructing fellow members in knitting for several years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Walter “Red” Sliwinski; dear sister of the late Anna Myhal, Carol Resca, Jessie Resca, Henrietta Dawicki, Sophie Rossini, Chester, Walter, Leo and Henry Zaremski; the beloved aunt to four generations of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guestbook, please visit


Linda Ann Sullivan

Medford resident

Linda Ann Sullivan died on February 15 at the Kaplan House after a long illness. She was 47 years old.

She was born in Somerville and has been a resident of Medford for the past 19 years.

Mrs. Sullivan was married to Robert Sullivan for 19 years. She was the loving mother of Kelly Sullivan of Medford and the beloved daughter-in-law of Marie Bryne and the late John Bryne; the dear sister-in-law of Jeanne and Daniel Boland, Dianne and James Callahan and Maureen Sullivan and the dearest friend of Florence Iacono.

At the request of the family arrangements by A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden, were private. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a message of condolence visit


Maximo William Platero

Active at St. Rose Church

Maximo William Platero, a general laborer, died on Saturday evening, February 20 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after a sudden brain hemorrhage. He was 40 years old.

Born in Apastepeque, San Vicente, El Salvador, he was the son of Juan deDios Platero and Maria Josefa Martenas of El Salvador. He grew up in El Salvador and attended local schools there. He has been residing in Chelsea for the past 12 years. Mr. Platero worked briefly for Demoulas Market Basket in Chelsea and was recently employed performing residential and commercial building maintenance and general labor duties. He was an active member of the parish community of St Rose in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of Sandra Arias de Platero of Chelsea; devoted father of Sandra Maribel, Guadalupe, Joana and William Platero, all at home; dear brother of Rev. Eddy Antonio Platero, Santos Arnoldo Platero, Jose Alirio Platero and Juana Maribel Platero.

Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Sunday, February 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.


Robert Tolley


Robert J. Tolley of Waltham, formerly of Chelsea and Malden, died at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a long illness on February 20. He was 61 years old.

A US Army Vietnam veteran, he was an optician in the Vision Center Dept. of Costco in Waltham for the past 10 years.

He was the son of the late George and Gertrude M. (O’Connell) Tolley; dear brother of Thomas F. Tolley of Boston, Donald T. Tolley of Malden, Susan M. Tatarouns-Ward and her husband, Edward W. “Buzzy” Ward, of Everett; brother-in-law of Judith Ann Tolley; uncle of W. “Brad” Tolley of Chelsea, Eric Tatarouns, Briana Tatarouns, both of Everett, and is also lovingly survived by special friends Angel and Lori Flores-McLeod of Waltham.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.


George O’Farrell

Owned Colonial Company of New England

George J. O’Farrell of Chelsea and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida died on February 16.

The owner and proprietor of Colonial Company of New England for over 40 years, he was the devoted father of Lisa Visnaskas and her husband, Kevin, and Cheryl Belanger and her husband, Robert, all of Brookline, New Hampshire and Gregg O’Farrell of Chelsea; longtime companion of Lorraine Scott and her children; beloved brother of Mary Flanagan of West Yarmouth and William O’Farrell of Portland, Maine and is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren as well as four nieces.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Anthony Colombo

Airline employee

Anthony J. Colombo, a 14 year resident of Melrose and former longtime resident of Chelsea, died on February 21 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following an 11 month courageous battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.

Born in Chelsea on November 28, 1949 to the late Guy A. and Anita E. (Gusmini) Colombo, he grew up in Chelsea where he attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1967. He went on to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Connecticut for two years.

He worked for America West Airlines and has been a supervisor for U.S. Airlines for the last 17 years. He enjoyed playing cribbage and botche and most of all going fishing with his son, Anthony John. He was a member of the Chelsea Yacht Club and a good friend of P.P.C. (Polish Political Club) of Chelsea.

The beloved husband of 18 years of Georgette “Gigi” (Mastrangelo) Colombo, he was the devoted father of Gina Colombo of Stoneham, Alana Colombo and Anthony John Colombo, both of Melrose; the beloved brother of Mareann Kaddaras and her husband, George, of Wakefield, Louis Colombo of Naples, Florida, Robert Boccuzzi of Revere, Lucy Lally of Swampscott, Vito Boccuzzi of Revere and Anthony Boccuzzi of Peabody. He was also the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Friday, February 26 at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 1159 Main Street, Melrose, followed by his Funeral Mass in The Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main Street, Wakefield, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, February 25 from 3 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in his name to: The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Max Rabinovitch

Graduated Chelsea High in 1947

Max J. Rabinovich, a 50-year resident of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, died in the Kindred Hospital in Peabody after a long illness on February 17. He was 80 years old.

Born in Montreal, Canada, he graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1947 and attended Northeastern University. He was a dairy distributor for 17 years for Breakstone Dairy Foods and most recently was an agent and manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. He was also a Justice of the Peace and officiated at wedding services.

Active in the community, he was a past president of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, a volunteer at the Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston for 25 years and a Mishna Deeds volunteer for furniture to the needy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Peabody, the Scottish Rite and the Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington.

The beloved husband of Irene (Lipsky) Rabinovitch, he was the devoted father of Barry and his wife, Gloria Rabinovitch; cherished grandfather of Benjamin and Joshua Rabinovitch, Margaret Port and Katherin and her husband, Nick Denson and loving brother of the late Jack and Mark Robbins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the Shriners Burn Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston MA 02114.


Morris Shultz, 93

Active in Jewish War Veterans

Morris L. Shultz of Revere, formerly of Lynn, died on February 17. He was 93 years old.

The beloved husband of Rose (Rosenberg) Shultz to whom he was married for 67 years, he was born in Boston and educated in the Lynn schools and high school. He retired as a foreman for the Business Equipment Corporation.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II Army veteran and was very active in the Jewish War Veterans. He was also a member of Temple Tifereth Israel of Revere.

He was described as an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved food shopping, driving, and the Boston Red Sox.

The devoted father of Elaine Gadon and her companion, James O’Brien, he was the loving brother of Bella Weisberg and her husband, the late Philip Weisberg; the loving grandfather of Jay Gadon, Bradley Gadon and his wife, Amy, and Heather Gadon Lee and her husband, Andrew, and the loving great grandfather of Myles, Marley, Maxwell, Ethan, and Rachael. He is also survived by many neices and nephews

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Sharon. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For online guestbook

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